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PSO UPDATE from HNS regarding today's press conference

Good evening Whalers   please see below message sent out earlier this evening from Hockey Nova Scotia with updates after today's press conference   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Earlier today, the province announced that the move to Phase 5 of the provincial reopening plan will be delayed until Oct. 4.   Sport Nova Scotia has provided an update on today’s announcement. You can find it at the bottom of this email.   To read the province’s press release, please click here.   As stated in Sport Nova Scotia’s update below, “Starting Oct. 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. While the policy is not yet final, it will apply to participants and spectators for indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments as well as indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports.”   We all need to do our part to ensure we get to Phase 5. As part of this effort, we once again strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to do so.   From now until Oct. 4, we would like to remind you that we remain in Phase 4 of the province’s reopening plan. During Phase 4, players, coaches, and officials can practice, train, and compete with up to 59 people in the field of play without social distancing. You are reminded that the field of play refers to the ice surface, team benches, penalty box, timekeeper’s box, and dressing room.   Hockey Nova Scotia applied for and received special exemption from the province and Sport Nova Scotia to allow for a group of this size to be permitted in the field of play during Phase 4. It allows for competition between two teams. To learn more about Phase 4 and what it means for hockey, please click here.   We know you will likely have a lot of questions about today’s announcement, the implementation of this policy, as well as the exception policy that the province is still developing. We will continue to work with Sport Nova Scotia and the province to seek clarity around these issues and we will update you as we receive more information.   As always, we would like to thank you all for your hard work and continued support.   Yours in Hockey,   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia       Garreth MacDonald Communications & Special Events Director Hockey Nova Scotia   259 Commodore Drive Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1 902.454.9400   hockeynovascotia.ca   From: Sport Nova Scotia Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 3:55 PM Subject: COVID-19 Update: September 14, 2021   COVID-19 Update: September 14, 2021 Today the province announced that Nova Scotia will delay moving into phase 5 of the reopening plan until October 4. Starting Oct. 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. While the policy is not yet final, it will apply to participants and spectators for indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments as well as indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports.  We will continue to update you as more information about the details of the vaccine policy become available to us.    Quick Notes -An exception policy for people who cannot get vaccinated because of a valid medical or behavioural reason is being developed.    -Children who turned 12 between January 1 and October 4 this year will have until December 31 to attend events and activities while they get vaccinated; children who turn 12 after October 4 will have three months from their birthday.    Link Province of Nova Scotia Press Release: September 14   Regards, SNS Communications
Sep 14, 2021

UPDATE from Hockey NS on Provincial announcement last week

Please see below email that was sent out from Hockey Nova Scotia earlier today.   We ask that all players still register before this week's cut off, if you are unsure if the province's new policy announced last week may affect your player being able to participate this season. please still register but select etransfer for now and hold off paying till more info is released. We can very easily remove/ cancel a players registration for hockey or for tryouts after September 16th, BUT WE WILL NOT BE ADDING players to tryouts after September 16th and registration cost goes up after the 16th and you will be charged the late fee of $50 additional cost.   NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE Stay tuned for more updates.... ---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Garreth MacDonald Date: Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 9:50 AMSubject: Re: PSO Update: September 8, 2021To:   Good morning everyone,  We want to provide an update regarding the province’s proof of full vaccination announcement last week. Over the weekend, we received the following communication from Sport Nova Scotia:  FROM SPORT NOVA SCOTIA: We wanted to provide a quick update about last week’s announcement concerning COVID-19 immunization for sport activities. We have received word from the province indicating that there will be further review about participant vaccine requirements in sport. We expect to hear back early next week with a final decision about the logistical details (including potential age requirements) that go along with the vaccine policies. We will update you as soon as we have more information.  Hockey Nova Scotia will continue to work with the province and Sport Nova Scotia to determine what these vaccine requirements will look like for our membership this season.  We will communicate this information to you as soon as we have it.  Yours in Hockey,   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia      
Sep 13, 2021

Interested in officiating?

Interested in officiating? Did you know that officials are the most valuable member of the team during a game? If you are interested in becoming a hockey official, this might just be for you! New Officials must be a minimum of 14 years of age as of December 31, 2021. All new officials must complete the below application form. DWMHA Referee in Chief will reach out regarding the application once submitted.  If a spot is confirmed for you, you will need to take the necessary HNS officiating courses (see below) and any new officials will be required to purchase all necessary equipment required to officiate. All new officials must first take the HU Course ($20) Must be taken before you can register for any courses.  Under 16 you must take the Level 1 Course ($130) Over 16 must take the Level 2 Course ($145)   DWMHA New Referee Application Form (click Here)
Sep 10, 2021

DWMHA believes in investing in their coaches and volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any successful minor hockey association and the DWMHA board recently passed a unanimous motion to cover the cost of a criminal record check through a new partnership with backcheck.net   This decision was made to reduce the cost, turnaround time, administrative burden, and to make the entire process much easier for our coaches and volunteers for the 2021-2022 season and beyond.    If your criminal records check has to be renewed this season (CRC are valid for 3 years and show on your HC Profile) go to http://www.backcheck.net/hockeynovascotia/   PLEASE NOTE - The DWMHA decision covers record checks on a go forward basis. The DWMHA will not be reimbursing for any previous record checks obtained, nor will the DWMHA be reimbursing for checks done at any of the local law enforcement agencies.  The DWMHA’s goal is for this benefit to be permanent thus, over time, most coaches will be able to access this benefit.    How do I check to see if my CRC is expired   If you have not already done so, you will need to create a new Login for HCR 3.0 as all past logins no longer work in the new system.  To set up a new login profile and link your HCR profile click on the below step by step how to    HCR 3-0 Guide - Setting Up Your Account (click here) Once your login profile is set up and your HCR profile is linked, you must be in your HCR profile to see your qualifications Once you login, in the menu on the left side choose Members.  You will see at the top of the screen circles with Initials, these are the members linked to your account.  The first one is your Login profile, this will not have anything attached to it under Qualifications, this is just for you to login.  The second one with the name in all Caps is the HCR profile that has all your past courses, clinics and CRC's attached.  Go to Qualifications, and scroll down to view them all.  Starting 2021-2022 Season, all updated CRC's will show under the CRC tab, past ones show under Qualifications. If you are on your mobile device, scroll down to where you see the tabs, general, Schedule, swipe your finger to the left to move the screen over till you see Qualification and then click on it and scroll down See below for example For more info on Coach and volunteer certifications, please go to our website and click on Volunteer Certifications under Risk/ Safety on the menu or by clicking here https://whalers.org/l/42/DWMHA/pages/1926/RISK--SAFETY---Coach--Volunteer-Certification-Information/    
Sep 10, 2021

PSO Update: September 8, 2021 from Today's Press conference

Please see below message sent out by Hockey Nova Scotia sent out late this afternoon, September 8th, 2021   Good afternoon everyone,   Please find below an update from Sport Nova Scotia regarding today’s proof of full vaccination announcement.   We will work with the province, Sport Nova Scotia, our board of directors, and the Rebound Steering Committee (including our Chief Medical Officer) to determine what today’s update will mean for hockey. We will communicate this information to you as soon as we have it.   In the meantime, we would like to remind you that we remain in Phase 4 of the province’s reopening plan. To learn more about Phase 4, please click here.   We all need to do our part to ensure we get to Phase 5. As part of this effort, we encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to do so.   Thank you all for your hard work and continued support.   Yours in Hockey,   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia     Garreth MacDonald Communications & Special Events Director Hockey Nova Scotia   259 Commodore Drive Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1 902.454.9400   hockeynovascotia.ca   From: Sport Nova Scotia <communications@sportnovascotia.ca>Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 4:03 PMSubject: PSO Update: September 8, 2021   PSO Update: September 8, 2021   Today the province announced that Nova Scotia will move into Phase 5 of its reopening plan at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 15. At this time, the only restrictions that will remain in place for the general population are those related to management of COVID-19 cases. Border measures will remain in place, and the province will also start requiring proof of full vaccination for non-essential, discretionary, recreation and leisure services and activities on Oct. 4.   It was also announced that as of Oct. 4, proof of full vaccination will be required for Nova Scotians who are 12 or older to participate in discretionary, recreational or non-essential activities such as dining out, going to a fitness facility, or going to a movie, theatre performance, concert or sporting event. Vaccine requirements include participants and attendees at sporting activities including practices, training, tournaments etc.    The proof of vaccination requirement does not apply to children 11 years of age and under because they are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Children age 11 and under who attend these activities with a fully vaccinated adult will be allowed to participate.    We understand that you will likely have some questions, and we will communicate with you in as much detail as possible as more information becomes available to us.    Link: Province of Nova Scotia Press Release   Thanks, SNS Communications               ReplyReply allForward
Sep 9, 2021

Volunteers needed for Conditioning Sessoins

Although it's hard to believe the summer is almost over, it's even harder to believe that conditioning sessions less than two weeks away from starting. In order to make the season as successful as possible it takes a lot of help from our members and we are reaching out to you all looking for volunteers for the following:   - Volunteers to supervise in the dressing rooms for the Hockey Canada 2 deep policy the hour before your player goes on the ice and when players are getting changed after they get off the ice - Must have valid CAR and CRC on file with Hockey Canada   - Volunteers for player check in and confirming pre-screening form has been completed for both players and spectators   If you can volunteer for one session or for them all we would love for you to take a moment to sign up by completing the below form to let us know what you are able to help with. Our division coordinators will be in touch with you closer to the dates once groups are posted to confirm if and when you are able to help.   VOLUNTEER SIGN UP FOR CONDITIONING     Thank you    
Aug 30, 2021

Conditioning Dates & Times

U9 to U18 times are now posted below and under the Season Start up pages for Conditioning Conditioning sessions are open to players registering for DWMHA U9  to U18 level hockey.   Each player will get 6 - 1 hour ice times (one hour ice time during the times and each of the dates listed below for their level). Please go to the link below if you have not already registered for COnditioning and/ or Tryouts for this season.  PLEASE NOTE: If you have already registered for Tryouts and have not inlcuded conditioning,PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO REGISTER AGAIN, PLEASE REACH OUT TO registrar@whalers.org If you are unsure if you have registered, please log back in and go to purchases. If you have already created your new HCR login and linked your players to your login profile but have not registered for hockey this season or for either Conditioning and/or tryouts already, please go here to register for Hockey first then register for Tryouts and/or conditioning 2021 - 2022 Registration If you have not set up a new login, please go here for instructions on how to create a login and link your player and then go to the above link How to Set up New Login for HCR 3.0 Registration for conditioning closes September 5th.  Groups and Times will not be posted till September 8th.  Please note we will not be taking requests for specific times or Groupings.   
Aug 28, 2021

2021 Fall HNS Certified Checking Clinic

Fall 2021 HNS Certified Checking ClinicDate September 7th & 9thLocation: RBC ArenaRegistration: Sept 7th@ 8:15pmSept 7th 8:30 to 10:00pm Sept 9th 7:45pm to 9:15pm  Pre-screening links will be sent out and need to be completed no earlier than 24 hours prior to each sessionCost: $ 80 per playerPlease note there will be a limited # of spots for this session so we expect to fill up quickly.Requirement: All players who are intending to try out for a NSMBHL team in the spring or wish to try-out/ play checking in the 2020-21 season MUST attend. All protective equipment must be worn during the session Checking clinics are required to try-out for U15 AA, A, U18 AA,A. If a player opts to not tryout for these teams i.e. wish to play Bantam B or Midget B, then they do not have to attend the checking clinic. Goalies DO NOT attend the checking clinic. If player has already completed a prior Hockey NS certified checking clinic already, they do not need to take it again but are more than welcome to take it again as a refresher. Please click on the below link to register, once registered a confirmation email will be send and all payment links and instructions will be includedChecking clinic will be run by our technical director Bill Short.  Any questions regarding this please email Bill at technical@whalers.org.Checking Clinic Registration Form
Aug 20, 2021

Whalers Launch New Website Powered by GrayJay!

We are thrilled to launch our new and improved website, powered by the GrayJay Leagues platform from grayjaysolutions.com! Our new website brings a contemporary new look to our online presence, as well as new functionality, such as real-time scoring, electronic gamesheets, roster management, schedule management with conflict alerts, and much more! The real-time scoring feature allows officials to easily update games as they happen, including goals, penalties, etc. on a mobile phone, tablet, or PC. This information is immediately available on the website for people to follow the game in the stands or at home. Game data is automatically added to the team and player statistics on the website, and historical data has been imported to provide the user with a complete set of data in one convenient location. Electronic gamesheets are auto-generated for easy and improved record keeping. Team and game rosters can be managed from any location with an internet connection to allow us to keep you up-to-date with the most current roster information. We are excited for the possibilities of our new website and hope you will love it as much as we do!
May 18, 2021